SsangYong 7-seat XAVL compact SUV concept kicks off new-model lineup

Article by Christian A., on March 12, 2017

But now, the South Korean company is unveiling a new iteration of the XAV concept compact SUV at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show – the SsangYong XAVL (eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long). As its name indicates, it is much longer than the SsangYong XAV. In terms of the dimensions, the SsangYong XAV compact SUV concept measure 4,190 mm in length, 1,880 mm in width and 1,650 mm in height. Its wheelbase measures 2,600 mm.

As for the new SsangYong XAVL, it measures 4,630 mm in length, 1,866 mm in width, 1,640 mm in height and 2,775 mm in wheelbase. This means that while the SsangYong XAVL is a little bit thinner (minus 14 mm) and shorter in height (minus 10 mm), it is much longer (plus 440 mm) than the SsangYong XAV. The increased length also resulted in a corresponding increase in wheelbase (plus 175 mm).

These increases in length and wheelbase in the SsangYong XAVL meant that this iteration of the carmaker’s compact SUV concept is able to offer more space in the back. This is the main reason why the SsangYong XAVL boasts of having a third row of seats – allowing it to accommodate up to seven passengers. In total, the SsangYong XAVL has seven independent seats for its seven occupants – two seats each on the first and third rows and three on the second row.

Interestingly, the seats on the second and third rows could all be folded flat to take advantage of its premium cargo space. With this configuration, the SsangYong XAVL proves itself to be an SUV bearing the versatility and practicality of an MPV.

Exterior Design

The exterior design of the SsangYong XAVL bears some similarities with that of its shorter sibling. However, the exterior appearance of the SsangYong XAVL is less polarizing and radical while being more elegant and refined.

Both the SsangYong XAVL and the SsangYong XAV come with a mean and aggressive front end – meant to establish the dynamic off-road capability of these compact SUV concepts.


While the SsangYong XAVL looks mean and imposing, the available powerplants for this compact SUV concept don’t appear to match its appearance.

According to SsangYong, the XAVL is powered by either a Euro 6d-Temp compliant 1.5-liter petrol engine or a 1.6-liter diesel engine – with output and torque sent to the front wheels via either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission.

Both engines feature a stop/start system. These new engines could feature new technologies to allow them to generate more output and torque, although we are inclined to think that the current powerplants -- turbocharged Euro 6 compliant 2.0-liter petrol engine and 2.2 liter diesel -- in the SsangYong Korando provide more.

Press Release


SsangYong Motor Company has today presented a new vision for the brand’s SUV of the future at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland - concept XAVL.

“As the oldest car brand and only specialist producer of SUV and 4x4 vehicles in Korea, it is incumbent upon us to lead the way in new product development in this sector. I am delighted to unveil this concept which signposts the future generation of SsangYong cars.

“XAVL is a further iteration of the XAV concept we presented at the Frankfurt motor show in 2015. This longer bodied car will accommodate seven passengers in comfort, and will be powered by both petrol and new clean-burning diesel engines.

“Of particular note, this concept draws heavily on our heritage, and unashamedly takes its design inspiration from our classic and iconic Korando model of the 1990s,” said Mr. Choi.

The SsangYong XAVL concept - eXciting Authentic Vehicle Long - is based on the product development philosophy of Robust, Specialty and Premium. XAVL presents a tough, masculine looking and authentic SUV concept that blends advanced convenience and practicality with a user-friendly interface, and indicates yet another strategic model to drive future growth for the brand.

With seven independent seats and providing wide inner space, XAVL takes on a differentiated role for a mid-size SUV, by combining off-road capability with the versatility and practicality of a multi-purpose MPV. The three rows of seats are in a two-three-two layout. The five seats comprising the second and third rows all fold and slide to maximise comfort and the use of space, while also affording the passenger/load carrying flexibility expected of both an SUV and MPV.

In contrast to the tough, masculine exterior, a comfortable and sensitive ambiance is created for the interior, enhanced by a wide and contemporary space with sophisticated, subtle illumination. In addition, the smart user interface enables free communication between passengers, the car and home.

The XAVL concept is a mid-size SUV, and takes its inspiration from the second generation classic Korando of the 1990s. This contemporary interpretation of the original car is expected to find its way into production as an authentic off-road SUV in the near future.

XAVL offers the choice of a Euro 6d-Temp compliant 1.5 litre petrol or 1.6 litre diesel engine, and matched with the option of a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, and with a 2WD system.

The 1.6 litre diesel engine achieves CO2 emissions of 120~150g/km (2WD, MT/AT, with stop/start), while the 1.5 litre petrol engine gives CO2 emissions of 150~170g/km (2WD, MT/AT, with stop/start).

Safety is of prime concern to SsangYong, and the XAVL features an external airbag to provide increased protection to pedestrians, while passenger safety is further achieved through a central airbag between the driver and front seat passenger, as well as a driver’s knee airbag to enhance driver safety.

For drivers’ convenience and safety, XAVL is equipped with a suite of new electronic safety aids, including Advanced Emergency Braking System, Lane Change Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, High Beam Assistance, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The car is also equipped with a Smart Parking Assist System, a 10.25 inch full colour LCD display, and a wi-fi hotspot for the second and third row of seats. In addition, the car’s navigation, heating, ventilation & air conditioning, and the infotainment system located in the head lining, can all be controlled from a smart phone, while Link to Home IOT (Internet of Things) technology allows occupants to connect with their home and manage CCTV, security, domestic equipment and temperature control.

XAVL is 4,630mm long, 1,866mm wide, 1,640mm high, and has a 2,775mm wheelbase.


Spacious family accommodation and a great off-road performance
Distinctive grille and headlight treatment adopt the new SsangYong ‘look’
Front and rear cameras* for improved safety
The Korando SUV has been greatly enhanced for 2017 with a stylish new design, enhanced equipment and additional safety features.

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